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Howard Cheng , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , Croydon

Howard Cheng


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Legal 500

Howard is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, appeals & overstay / London
I am a Solicitor working in Immigration and Public law at Duncan Lewis. I specialise in all aspects of immigration, EU, nationality, asylum and human rights with both detained and non-detained clients.

I specialise in representing both privately funded and publicly funded (legal aid) clients in high profile or complex immigration and asylum appeals at the First and Upper Tier Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber. Over recent years I have conducted a number of asylum related country guidance cases which have become authoritative guidance for Tribunals when determining risk of persecution upon return.

Further, I challenge unlawful immigration decisions by way of judicial review at the High Court in matters relating to, removal or deportation from the UK, the decision to detain a vulnerable individual under the Immigration Acts, immigration visa refusals and for unreasonable delays in applications being processed. I have a particular specialism in challenging the detention of vulnerable clients and have achieved success securing their release and awards of damages for the client I regularly act for victims of torture, trafficking or PTSD in their applications and appeals for international protection or release from immigration detention. I currently also supervise a team of caseworkers in the company’s Croydon office, all dedicated to representing the most vulnerable people in society.

I am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Scheme. This means that I have shown that I have specialist knowledge and experience in the area of Immigration law and can advise and assist publicly funded clients under the company's legal aid contract.


  • LLM (incorporating LPC) - University of Law
  • BVC - Inns of Court School of Law
  • LLB (Hons) - University of London


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2010-present
  • Admitted as a Solicitor 2015
  • Immigration Advisory Service, 2009-2010

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v Said [2016] EWCA Civ 442

  • SM & Ors (Somalia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 763

Civil Court
  • MM (Darfuris) Sudan CG [2015] UKUT 10 (IAC)

  • MOJ & Ors (Return to Mogadishu) Somalia CG [2014] UKUT 442 (IAC)

  • Farquharson (removal – proof of conduct) Jamaica [2013] UKUT 146 (IAC)

Membership & Accreditations

  • Level 2 accredited supervisor - Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation
  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
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